“Technical glitch” does in another website in China

Oops. The microblog written by the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai became unavailable for Chinese Netizens.

Sina Weibo, the microblog site that hosts the consulate’s account, said the outages was a technical glitch. This explanation is the standard one given when the powers that be in China want a website censored.

The consulate has, in the past, used some very undiplomatic and tongue-in-cheek language in commenting on the Chinese social, political and economic systems. Its Weibo site had more than 80,000 followers.

So it is no surprise that the Chinese authorities wanted to shut it down.

Read more: US Social Media Account in China Disappears

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